AIF Blog - Science

April 06, 2018
 Danile Kraft, Deborah DiSanzo, and James Hamblin talk about technology and health at Spotlight Health 2017. If the concept of artificial intelligence revolutionizing medicine conjures up a future of robot doctors and nurses, a pair of health tech experts at Spotlight Health dispelled that bleak, impersonal outlook. From interpreting compounding amounts of personal health data to serving as a physician...
April 05, 2018
 Spring is here, and Spotlight Health—the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival—is finalizing speakers, schedules, and curated programming. We’re gearing up for three-days of thought-provoking sessions led by healthcare pioneers and advocates. Please consider this a personal invitation to you and your colleagues to join us June 21-24 in Aspen, Colorado to participate in these important conversations....
March 08, 2018
Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kawanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry MerloIt’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science,...
December 21, 2017
 Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, is featured in one of our most popular podcast episodes. He spoke at Spotlight Health in 2017. Podcast listeners in 2017 heard about technology, politics, loneliness, and creativity in our Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. The weekly show features onstage discussions from Aspen Institute events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. Sit back, and enjoy our...
December 21, 2017
Matthew Feinberg and Rob Willer join moderator Olga Khazan at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss effective morals-based communication. While Americans’ political divisions seem wider than ever and conversations between liberals and conservatives more and more strained, sociologists Matt Feinberg and Robb Willer have some advice about how people on different sides of the ideological fence can talk to...
November 14, 2017
Katie Hafner, Carla Perissinotto, Dixon Chibanda, and Julianne Holt-Lunstad speak at Spotlight Health in June.Health care workers across the United States are growing increasingly concerned about loneliness and social isolation. More people are reporting that they're lonely, and scientists now know the regions of the brain that respond to loneliness. Loneliness can have serious effects. Older adults face a...
November 13, 2017
 Attendees gather for a discussion during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. The 2018 Festival will be held June 21 - 30. Seismic Shifts, Our Imperfect Union, The Sexes and Our Planet, Our Health are some of the tracks we’ll explore at the 2018 Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health. These topics reflect some of the most significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of society. Find a full list of the 2018 tracks here. ...
November 02, 2017
 Daniel Kraft and Deborah DiSanzo speak at Spotlight Health in June. Can artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionize medicine and ultimately replace doctors?  Now more than ever, doctors are relying heavily on machine-learning technologies like IBM Watson to mine repositories of health data, recognize trends, and respond with potential treatments. Deborah DiSanzo, global general manager for...
October 12, 2017
  Co-authors of the book "The Runaway Species," David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt speak at Aspen Ideas. Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t squirrels design elevators? And, why don’t alligators invent speedboats to catch their prey? What makes humans so special? “The answer has a little bit to do with opposable thumbs,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “but it has a lot more to do with what’s going on in...
October 03, 2017
 Steve Clemons speaks with Jeffrey Sachs at Spotlight Health in June. In an op-ed column, world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs writes, “the White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread.” Sachs, who has advised former UN secretaries general and Senator Bernie Sanders, says he’s distressed about the political and social...

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